Published March 26, 2013
"A man is lost in the Sahara desert. He used up the last of his water three days ago and he's lying, gasping, on the sand, when in the distance he suddenly hears a voice calling, Mush! Mush!'
"Not trusting his ears he turns his head and there it is again, closer this time. Mush! Mush!' Propping himself up on one elbow he squints against the sun and sees, of all things, an Eskimo bundled up in furs driving a sled with a team of huskies across the dunes.
"Thinking that it's a hallucination, he blinks and shakes his head. But, it's for real! He painfully lifts one arm and in a cracked voice calls, He-elp!'
"The Eskimo pulls the sled up by him, the huskies panting in the heat and he says to the Eskimo, I don't know what you're doing here or why, but thank God you are! I've been wandering around this desert for days, my water's all gone and I'm completely lost!'
"The perspiring Eskimo looks down at him and says, YOU'RE lost?!'
In this story, it was obvious that the Eskimo was lost. He wasn't where he was supposed to be. He looked and was lost.
This cute little story brings to mind another question. How do the lost look? Specifically, how do the spiritually lost look?
On a recent The Gospel Greats program, Bryan Hutson mentioned that when he was young, he didn't know lost people. But, when he pictured a lost person in is mind, such a person looked a lot like a homeless person might. He looked like someone dirty wearing ragged clothes.
But Bryan and we have come to realize that lost people are not so obvious as the Eskimo in the desert.
A lost person can be rich or poor. They can be young or old. They can be fat or thin. A lost person can be in line with you at the grocery store or they can live on your street. They can be from the country or from the city. Perhaps it is not so obvious, but that lost person can be seated beside you in your church.
Although every aspect of their appearance might be perfect and every action might be according to good values, they can still be lost. A lost person is one who does not know Jesus Christ as their Savior. A lost person is one who has never accepted the gift of salvation and forgiveness made possible by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. A lost person is simply lost.
Are you lost? Are you good on the outside but unguided on the inside? Are you playing church?
If you haven't accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, today is the time do so. If you invite Him to be your Lord and ask Him for forgiveness of your sins, He is faithful to do what you ask.
There is no need to be lost. Jesus Christ wants to be your Lord and Savior. That's why He died and arose and intercedes for you. That's why we can celebrate Easter.
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